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Almscliff // Outdoor Climbing Venue // Review

Beth, our very own Womenclimb contributor set out to give you lovely readers a first hand account of the popular Yorkshire climbing venue of Almscliff.

Almscliff is an impressive grit stone crag in the heart of Yorkshire jutting out of a sea of finely combed fields and against a backdrop of distant viaducts and farmlands. The crag lies a few miles north of Leeds and Bradford and the parking is plenty with a 5-10 minute easy walk in on a footpath.  It has an “unmissable” reputation, being a natural crag which is very accessible with a wide range of grades to suit beginners to seasoned trad legends. Read on to see if this venue should be on your ticklist....

Tintern Quarry – Wye Valley Sport Climbing

Anna Fedorova gives her insight and insider tips on the great range of sport climbing available at Tintern Quarry, which lies on the east bank of the River Wye, about two miles upstream from the cliffs at Wintour's Leap. The quarry offers a range of walls to climb on, with sport routes of various degrees of difficulty. Thirty Foot Wall has a number of easier routes for the beginners, while the Jurrasic Wall has longer routes up to 40m in length.  Outside of the main climbing areas, caution should be exercised, as loose rock can make these areas extremely dangerous.  As always, exercise sense and caution in the understanding that climbing has risks.

Perfect for... 

...both beginners and more seasoned climbers, so it's a nice crag to come to if you have a group with a range of abilities. It's also very easily accessible.

What I liked most... 

Climbing in Costa Blanca in March

By Hannah Thomson // There has to be no giddier a team than two girls from Hull finding themselves in a rental car on the Spanish coast on a Sunday morning in March on their way to climb in Costa Blanca. Lydia and I had met working at Rockcity Climbing Centre the previous winter and, after hearing rumours of sunny sport climbing abroad, we booked flights to Alicante and worked out the rest afterwards. We found cheap accommodation at the Orange House near the village of Finestrat and hired a rental car from Alicante airport which made getting to the many crags a piece of cake. That, and we had managed to borrow a guidebook (from the 80s) and commandeered a SatNav. Oh, and a brand new 60m rope belonging to one of our friends.

Best Places to Boulder in the Peak

Bouldering overhang at Burbage SouthWith winter setting in and the nights drawing close, I think it's time to consider bouldering as an outdoor option that eats less time and helps you to avoid frostbite in the chilly weather.  Here are our Peak District Top Tips:

Best Peak Bouldering venues

1.  Curbar //  Top Tier // Right Hand Side

Forty ish problems graded 3-5 - perfect for beginners.  Around 15 minute walk-in.  Parking available in bays nearby - does get busy in summer.

Climbing in the Alps - Ailefroide

Information about climbing near to Ailefroide in France:

Ailefroide climbing 208Guidebooks

You can buy a local crag guidebook for €11 at the shop in Ailefroide.


Ailefroide climbing 211

The rock type is granite and the majority of the easy access routes are slabs.  The climbs are all about smearing and footwork.  If you're used to climbing with your arms, then get practicing without any handholds!

Stanage Review

Stanage climbing women4Guest Post by Linda Wales: Stanage End, Peak District, UK

What I liked most: I’ve climbed here before and you get a multitude of different grades so whatever grade you’re at, however you’re feeling that day, there will be something to climb.  The other people climbing there are always friendly so you can take advice, offer advice, or just chat and there are no cliques or funny attitudes.

What could be better: nothing.  It’s great.  Really enjoy my time climbing there.